Mini Clubman 2019 RHD front seats

Mini Clubman review

Costs & verdict

Manufacturer price from:£21,950
What Car? Target Price£20,413
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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

The Clubman is one of the pricier family cars. It trades on its premium badge credibility to go toe-to-toe with rivals such as the Audi A3, Mercedes A-Class and BMW 1 Series, rather than cheaper alternatives like the Skoda Octavia. It holds on to its value reasonably well as a result, but resale values are still behind the A-Class's.

Stick with our suggested 1.5-litre Cooper engine and you'll get reasonable fuel consumption (officially up to 50.4mpg and in reality around 40mpg with a mix of driving) and competitive CO2 emissions (from 120g/km is you go for the automatic gearbox). The Cooper D will manage better fuel consumption if you're a high-mileage driver, but the 4% diesel benefit-in-kind (BIK) tax surcharge levied against it will be felt in the pockets of company car drivers.

As well as being arguably more distinctive than many rival offerings, personalisation is a Clubman speciality. It offers a range of optional finishing touches, such as contrasting colours for the roof and door mirrors. On top of that, you can add a wide array of extra features, including a head-up display, but most of these come as part of pricey option packs.

We recommend entry-level Classic trim with the Comfort Pack, which includes heated seats, a front centre armrest and climate control, along with the Navigation Plus Package. This combination will give you a good equipment count for a reasonable price.  

The Clubman didn’t fare as well as some rivals in Euro NCAP safety testing, attaining a four-star rating in 2015, under tests that were less stringent than they are today. With a five-star rating, the Mercedes A-Class scored much higher in more demanding tests in 2018. 

Mini, as a brand, came eighth out of 31 in the 2019 What Car? Reliability Survey. That's better than Mercedes managed but behind Kia and Hyundai, both of which also give you a much longer warranty than Mini's standard 36 months.

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Verdict

The Mini Clubman’s an entertaining car for those looking for cutsie looks, lots of customisation, and a smart, funky interior. It's also reasonably practical, but if you value tidy handling then choose an Audi A3 instead, or if a smooth ride is your thing, a Volkswagen Golf of Mercedes A-Class.

  • Efficient engines
  • Easy to use infotainment system
  • High-quality and funky interior
  • Doesn't steer very intuitively
  • Needs expensive option packs to make it well equipped
  • Other rivals offer greater practicality